At No Mercy, WWE marketed two of the marquee matches “WrestleMania caliber,” as Braun Strowman challenged Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Roman Reigns sought to earn his stripes by competing against John Cena. The outcomes of the matches saw Lesnar retain his championship against Strowman and Reigns defeat Cena after a hard-fought match.
On Raw Talk following the pay-per-view, Cena heavily put over Reigns, stating that he is indeed the face and future of the company. He added that the verbal jabs that he gave Reigns throughout the previous weeks were designed to fire up the Big Dog, and truly see if it was his yard. Admittedly, Cena stated that Reigns stepped up to the plate, and proved to be a valuable and top talent.